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Brodeur ready to explore free agency options on July 1

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TSN.ca Staff
6/6/2014 7:45:37 PM
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Martin Brodeur appears to be ready to leave the Devils behind, should it come to that.

Speaking to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Friday, Brodeur said "I've come to the conclusion that I'm definitely going to be available July 1."

The NHL's all-time wins leader added: "I want to play one more season and I want to see what's out there."

The 42-year-old netminder appeared in just 39 games for the Devils in 2013-14, sharing starter's duties for the first time since taking over the New Jersey crease full-time in 1993-94. He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"I've had a lot of good conversations with the Devils, but I'm not inclined at going back at this point," Brodeur told LeBrun. "I just feel that with Schneids (Cory Schneider), the organization has to move on. Me being around might be tough a little bit for them. I don't completely put [a return] out of the question, but I don't want to mess up the cards for the Devils.”

The Devils traded for goaltender Cory Schneider at the 2013 NHL Draft and the 28-year-old goalie played 45 games for the Devils this past season.

The Devils are reportedly trying to lock Schneider up to an extension but the American netminder is reportedly seeking assurances that he will be the team's undisputed number one.

"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where I go next, I'm always going to be a Devil. I'm always going to come back to the organization. But I want to play one more year. So I'll see what's out there."

Brodeur doesn't yet know what the options are out there for him, but he's ready to explore.

"I've got to see what the opportunities are. I'm not going to go somewhere where I don't feel comfortable," he said. "If I go somewhere as a No. 2 goalie, it's going to be a team that has a really good chance to win a Stanley Cup. If I go for a No. 1 job, it's going to depend on the situation. I think there are teams that can use me."

Martin Brodeur (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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